Category Archives: Event

Welcome to Country

Uncle Laurie Padmore

Welcome to Country performed by the First Nation Dulgaburra Yidinji people.

Elders of the Dulgaburra Yidinji first people will give talks on local place names, teach some language and tell stories relevant to this area. See the blackboard on the Bell Tent in the park between Flynn’s Restaurant and That Retro Café for Session Times.

Friday night 5 pm – on The Fringe Stage

Health & Wellness Fair

health & wellness

We invite you to come along and enjoy the Health & Wellness Fair!

An array of stalls will be there this year, bigger and better than before. Pamper yourself with a massage, reiki, spiritual healing, reflexology, craniosacral, naturopathic or other treatment or see what is in store for your future in the tarot cards.

Meander through the craft stalls selling crystals, candles, buddha statues, essential oils, natural beauty products, health products, alternative clothing, jewellery, spiritual ornaments and more.

The Speaker’s Tent will host a diverse and exciting range of workshops, demonstrations and talks, including Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and meditation. All welcome. Check out the program below for more detail.


8.00 – 9.00am Yoga (byo mat, towel & water bottle) Lyndel Turpin

9.30am Morning Meditation Richard Stoyles

10.30am Drum Culture Djembe Workshop Albert Salvador

11.30am Tai Chi for All Ages Yoshi Ochiai

12.00 noon Love, Happiness & More Regina Di Giusto

12.30pm Access Consciousness – How can it get any better than this? Sigrid Welder & John Thoma

1.00pm Local Organic Skincare & Magnesium Products Sabine Schroeder

2.00pm Performance by Yungaburra Contemporary Dance School Charlotte Tribe

3.00pm Psychic Development – Interested in opening up your psychic abilities? David Chambers

3.30pm Qi Gong – Gather Life Energy Force through movement & breathing Robert Alpine


8.00 – 9.00am Yoga (byo mat, towel & water bottle) Lyndel Turpin

9.30am Play Shop – Experience your Spirituality joyfully Richard Stoyles

10.30am Bowen Therapy – Release pain & Re-align the body through touch Debbie Bass

11.00am Spiritual Chants Adrian Thomas

11.30am Interactive Conversation on Sustainability & Now Mike Lucas

12.00 noon Healing Together on Country – Talk on Aboriginal Energy Healing Karen Reys

1.00pm Tai Chi for Health Yoshi Ochiai

1.30pm Drum Culture – Djembe Jam Albert Salvador


Poet’s Breakfast

Poets love getting up early to share their musings and what better way to start your Festival day than with a barrel load of laughs, and some serious thoughts from our redoubtable reciters.

8.30 – 10 am Sunday Nick’s Restaurant: bookings essential

Breakfast Djams

Django in the Djungle

Swing your mornings with Django in the Djungle gypsy swing band at the Gem Gallery – home of the delicious Yungaburra breakfast.

Revelers, dancers & Gypsy Swing djammers welcome.

8:30am-12noon Sat, Gem Gallery

8:30am-10:30am Sun, Gem Gallery

TFF McGinty’s Songwriter’s Competition

Tablelands Folk Festival invites you to enter the 2017 TFF McGinty’s Irish Bar Songwriter Competition.  This prestigious event offers 3 categories and 3 amazing prize packages.

Best Song – “Record the Single” – a recording prize package at Buzz Music Recording Studio, Cairns – Value: $720 [Every participant will compete for this major prize]

Open Category – “The Real McCoy” – Gig at McGinty’s Irish Bar, Cairns, name on perpetual trophy and $100 voucher from Buzz Music – Value: $355+

Emerging Category – “Mentoring Magic” at Cairns Voice Studio & individual trophy from Atherton Trophies – Value: $460+
[*Conditions apply for Emerging Category]

All contestants will receive a certificate of Participation & Judges’ Evaluation Summary.

Check for full details at  where an online registration can be completed.

Emerging: 10am Sat St Mark’s Church
Open: 1pm Sat St Mark’s Church

ChangoTree Album Launch

chango-TRee--2017“Window” is the culmination of 18 months of travelling from hometown Mornington Victoria to New Orleans, the UK and NYC, capturing a real global essence of roots, blues-cruise, funky-folk and surf reggae chang.

The album name and title track “Window,” was written for Julian Assange, in support for freedom of information and global transparency. It was an honour to personally give he and his team a copy at the Ecuador Embassy in London in July. Making music that matters!!

12.15 pm Saturday Curtin Fig Stage

Beer Festival & Judging Challenge

home brewTFF Home Brew Competition held every year at Nick’s Restaurant. Local and visiting brewers enter their finest lagers and ales, and the audience judges the winning brews during an afternoon of songs, poetry and trivia.

TFF Home and visiting Brewers deliver their best beers to Nick’s Restaurant where the audience are instructed in the fine art of beer judging. Comparing home brews to commercial brews during an afternoon of songs, poetry and trivia.  Open to all levels the aim is to gain a greater appreciation of the many styles, tastes. Aromas and colours of beer.  We encourage all entrants and audience members to contribute to the entertainment and merriment on the day.

1pm Saturday Nick’s Restaurant

 TFF Beer Festival

Young Masters

Young MastersTheir ages range from just 20 years old to the ripe old age of 23!  Four very different exceptionally talented young musicians.

Jordan Brodie on Classical Guitar

Lachlan Hawkins on Hand Pan

John Buttigieg on Contemporary Guitar and

Ryo Montgomery on the Ukulele

In a round robin style event.  You’ll be astounded at the dexterity and skill of these 4 young guns.  Here is the future of our Festival.

1.30 pm Saturday Pub Ballroom

Eagles Tribute – Hot Ice

Hot IceAre you the New Kid In Town? Welcome to the Hotel California for a Peaceful Easy Feeling. Take it Easy One of These Nights, grab a Tequila Sunrise and join these local Desperados as they Take It To The Limit.

3.30 pm Saturday Pub Ballroom

Dreamstate Circus

DreamState Circus
Non-stop action packed upbeat show incorporating high skill acrobalance, equilibrium, juggling, knives, comedy and more.

Before the Children’s Parade Saturday

Children’s Parade

Children's paradeHoot, shake, slap and drumroll, join the procession and celebrate the festival. All kids are welcome to join in, and they can spend the day in the Ergon’s Children’s Festival making their very own festival outfits. For the young and young at heart.

6 pm Saturday

Twin Flames Fire Show

Twin Flames
Souls separated by staffs but brought together by fire! Twin flames is a fire show unlike any other. Re-ignite your desire as you watch Jay and Sunny Ray entwine their bodies and expand the limits of belief as they perform partner acrobatics while spinning fire. Adults must be accompanied by an eager friend!

Saturday After the Children’s Parade

Festival Song Circle

song-circleHosted by acclaimed local Songwriter Shirley Lynn

An eclectic mix of 4 award winning songwriters.

  • Mick Hodgkins, writer of songs from the land
  • Rosie Burgess, Festival favourite
  • Katie Jay, Winner 2014 TFF Songwriter’s Competition
  • Daniel J Townsend, storyteller in song.

In a round robin style event.  Our Festival is in good hands with these consummate artists.

10 am Sunday Quincan Café